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Temple President's February 2017 Message

Dear Temple members,

     Happy New Year everyone! I, Gary Tanimura, am your president for the Buddhist Temple of Salinas for 2017. First I would like to give a very big thank you from the Buddhist Temple of Salinas to Jimmy Eitoku, who has been president during the past three years. Through his efforts and the efforts of our past presidents, Melvin Aoki and Gary Omori, we now have a young, energetic, willing-to-learn resident minister, Rev. Yugo Fujita. I would also like to thank Carol Cisneros and Mariko Yamashita, who are leaving the board for 2017 after many years of service on the board. Mariko has agreed to continue as recording secretary. I’d like to let the membership know that we have Tsugu Kuramura returning to the board, and we also have three new board members, Alan Takemura, Glenn Minami and Neil Uota serving for 2017-2019.

   This month the Temple had its January Hoonko Service and New Year Party on Sunday, January 15th. We were fortunate to have Rev. Kiyonobu Kuwahara the co-Director of the BCA Center for Buddhist Education as our guest speaker. We had a nice luncheon and installation of the board of the directors of the Buddhist Temple, BWA and YBA after the meal. Please join us in February for the Nirvana Day Service on Sunday, February 12th. I’d also like to invite the membership to the Temple annual meeting, which I am having on Monday, February 13th at 6 PM at the boardroom at the Buddhist Temple of Salinas.

     On being your president for this year, please email me with any ideas on how I can make the Temple better, especially about how we can grow our membership at the Temple. It was a topic that we discussed at the last Tri-Temple (Monterey-Salinas-Watsonville) meeting in Monterey. Rev. Jay plans to talk about this at the next Tri Temple meeting in Salinas in April. So please email me at garytanimura@comcast.net.


Gary Tanimura